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Malaysian Censorship Fight


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In June and July we told you about a fight brewing in Malaysia over the censorship of two cartoons.  From our original article:

Malaysia has banned a book and two comics by political cartoonist Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque.  The government felt the material was “undesirable” and could “incite people to revolt.”

Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque who has focused on issues such as opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy trial and police shootings, dismissed the allegations and vowed to continue drawing.

In July a challenge to the banning was thrown down:

Malaysiakini and political cartoonist Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque have decided to challenge Malaysia’s Home Ministry’s decision to ban two Zulkifli’s comics.  The two books, 1 Funny Malaysia and Perak Darul Kartun were published in November 2009 and banned in June under Section 7 of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984.

Malaysiakini and Ulhaque were granted leave to challenge the ruling.  High court judge Justice Mohd Zawawi Salleh has picked November 8 to next hear about the case after meeting with the two.

The applicants are seeking a lift to the ban as well as compensation for damages such as unsold books.